CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Work Session
WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2000

The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at the Columbia Museum of Art - 1501 Main Street.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.   Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk

1. Presentation by Joel Stevenson – Columbia/USC Technology Incubator Program

Mr. Joel Stevenson briefed Council on the Columbia/USC Technology Incubator Program.  He recognized Mr. Pete Cannon of the Sumter Exchange, who is helping with the expansion of the program.  Discussion included:  support of the incubator projects, parking issues for downtown, and a recommendation by Council to attend and participate in the Black Expo 2000 schedule in May.

2. Items for Council’s Consideration:

A. First Reading for Rezoning Map Amendment  #99-79 MA. 1618 Waverly Street - TMS 11412-10-19 - Request to rezone from RG-2 to C-1

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously gave first reading approval to rezone 1618 Waverly Street from RG-2 to C-1.
 

B. Rezoning Map Amendment  #00-07 MA. Veteran’s Road @ SCL RR R/W - TMS 16302-5-14p - Request to rezone from M-1 to RS-3

This request was withdrawn by the applicant.

C. First Reading for Rezoning Map Amendment  #00-09 MA. Garners Ferry Road, Parcel C-1-1, Tract 111 & Parcel D-1, TMS 16409-3-5 & TMS 16312-2-1; Confirm Existing C-3 Zoning and request to rezone out parcels from C-3 to D-1

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously gave first reading approval to rezone property on Garners Ferry Road, Parcel C-1-1, Tract 111 & Parcel D-1, TMS 16409-3-5 & TMS 16312-2-1; confirming the existing C-3 zoning and approving the request to rezone out parcels from C-3 to D-1.0
 

 
D. TEXT AMENDMENT - Billboards

Council discussed the three versions of the proposed text amendment for advertising signs.  Version 3 (Ordinance No. 2000-024) will require additional action by Council to establish the overlay districts and incentives for removing/relocating of undesirable billboards.

Mayor Coble made a motion to give first reading approval to Version 3 - Ordinance No. 2000-024, understanding that this is not the final version as details will have to be worked out, but it does take into account the work by the committee and public comments received.  Mr. Osborne seconded the motion.

Council discussed the motion and the recommended ordinance including time frames/incentives for removing billboards.  Ms. Heizer recommended a 100% replacement value if moved at time of inaction of ordinance with reduced replacement value if replaced later.

After discussion, Council unanimously gave first reading approval to Ordinance No. 2000-024 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III. Zoning, Division 12, Signs, Sec. 17-410, Advertising Signs  (Public Hearing Held March 8, 2000)

E. First Reading - Ordinance No. 2000-020 - Authorizing Sale of 10.668 Acres (464,718 square feet) known as a portion of Richland County TMS11512-01-01 to the Columbia Housing Authority for One ($1.00) Dollar.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously gave first reading approval to Ordinance No. 2000-020 - Authorizing Sale of 10.668 Acres (464,718 square feet) known as a portion of Richland County TMS11512-01-01 to the Columbia Housing Authority.

F. First Reading - Ordinance No. 2000-019 - Granting Encroachment to the Harbison Community Association for Installation and Maintenance of a Sign on Harbison Boulevard.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously gave first reading approval to Ordinance No. 2000-019 - Granting Encroachment to the Harbison Community Association for Installation and Maintenance of a Sign on Harbison Boulevard.

G. Emergency Request to Contract with Outen Fencing Company to remove and replace fencing for Greenview Ballfield - $19,900.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously approved the   request to contract with Outen Fencing Company to remove and replace fencing for Greenview Ballfield - $19,900.
 
 
H. Request to Purchase Reinforced Concrete Pipe for the New Golf Course from CSR Hydro Conduit, low bidder, for $68,686.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously approved the purchase of reinforced Concrete Pipe for the New Golf Course from CSR Hydro Conduit, low bidder, for $68,686.

I. Request to make repairs to the Maxcy Gregg Park Pool – Replacement of Fiberglass Liner by Sensible Technologies for $80,400.

Council discussed the work to be done on Maxcy Gregg Pool.  The liner was replaced several years ago, but leaks were found last year.  Ms. Sinclair asked that the floor be smooth to protect the children that use the pool.  The warranty for the replacement liner will be 15 years.  Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved the repairs to Maxcy Gregg Park Pool.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved items J through L on a single motion.

J. Council approved the request to replace the HVAC Unit at the Municipal Court by Piedmont HVAC, the low bidder, for $35,214.

K. Council approved the  Agreement for Architectural/Engineering Services for Renovation and an Addition to the Greenview Park Recreational Building and Construction of a Clubhouse Building for the First Tee Golf Court with Gus Roberts and Associates – Amount: $30,000.

L. Council approved the request to contract with KohnFirm Architects for architectural services for the City Dock building project for a fee of 7% of construction costs.

M. Request approval of street closings and Resolution R-2000-010 authorizing 3  Rivers Music Festival from Wednesday, April 5, until Friday, April 7 for set-up; and street closings and authorization for street sales and the sale of beer in specific locations during the festival from Friday, April 7, until Sunday, April 9, 2000.

Ms. Heizer asked that the resolution for the 3 Rivers Music Festival be modified to allow vending as approved by the Committee and to allow the streets to be closed the entire duration of the festival where needed.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council unanimously approved Resolution R-2000-010 as modified by Ms. Heizer.

 
N. Ordinance No. 2000-022 - Closing and Transfer of a Portion of the 800, 900, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Wheat Street; the Western Portion of the 400 and 500 blocks of Lincoln Street; and, the 400 and 500 blocks of Park Street

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously gave first reading approval to Ordinance No. 2000-022 - Closing and Transfer of a Portion of the 800, 900, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Wheat Street; the Western Portion of the 400 and 500 blocks of Lincoln Street; and, the 400 and 500 blocks of Park Street.

O. Ms. Heizer made a motion to approve a request of $3,000 to send two Columbia Council of Neighborhood representatives to the National Conference of Neighborhoods.  Funds are to come from the $200,000 allocated for neighborhood incentive grants.  Upon second by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously approved Ms. Heizer’s motion.

3. Zoning Ordinance Presentation - Benchmark

Mr. Richard Flow and other staff from Benchmark and the Planning Department presented a draft document for the revisions to the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning.

Council discussion included making the document available for public review via the internet and other means.  Council asked that the summary of the document be reviewed by Council and Benchmark staff at the next meeting.

4. Executive Session for Contract and Legal Matters

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 11:00 a.m. to receive a legal briefing on matters related to a contract with Dr. Gerhard Schmid, SCANA, and McMillan and Associates.

Council reconvened in open session at 11:30 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously approved a contract with Dr. Gerhard Schmid to provide economic development/liaison services for the City of Columbia and cities in Germany.

Mr. Sal Cilella and Mr. Charlie Cole briefed Council on activities at the Museum.  Items discussed by Council included a request to pave the back alley for the museum and problems with evening use of the parking garage.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Submitted by:
Vivian A. Krigline
City Clerk


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